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… Hizbullah and Iran are Playing a Dangerous Game [#intelligence]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 16th,2016

.. recently , it was revealed that hizbullah was penetrated — and at a very high level . iran and Hizbullah really have to wonder , what is the continuing cost of this strategic blunder …

.. both of these parties got caught trying to sneak missiles and flunkies into the Golan . Israel had made it clear [through diplomatic channels] that to do so would meet with severe and immediate reprisal …

.. [h/t — Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. well , they did , and Israel struck back . Israel struck and hit a gold mine , killing 12 key operatives …

.. the big problem is that the Middle East is always at a ” hair trigger . ” You never quite know what may well set off a new Middle East conflict , or even a regional war …

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… Many in the World want to Wipe Israel off of the Map [#Harper – Collins row]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 7th,2016

.. geez , what a bunch of dummies …

.. we all know that Israel exists , folks . So , quit this crap about denial .

.. [h/t — CommentaryMagazine.com]..
.. [link] to the blog column …

.. Harper – Collins [the book publisher] decided to aid and abet them . How ? . They decided to market encyclopedias and books in the Middle East , ones with maps that do not have the state of Israel on the map …. at All ! …

.. do those idiots think , these days ? Obviously not . Those dummies should have realized that this is the Age of the Internet . Images of those book pages were bound to make it to both Israel and to the United States , sooner or later . Duh ! …

.. nice going , you idiots !! …

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… An Interesting Take [#on Israel]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 15th,2016

.. Professor William Jacobson is a well – known academic at Cornell University Law School School [in Ithaca , NY] . I am a longtime participant and fan of his blog, Legal Insurrection . From that , I became a Facebook friend of his …

.. no , I do not know his politics . He is a philosophical conservative , that is for sure . However , he could even be conservative Democrat . To be honest , I do not mind . He is an honest philosophical broker , which to me means a great deal …

.. Professor Jacobson and his wife recently took a 2 – week long trip to Israel . They travel extensively throughout the country , talking to many people of many political and philosophical stripes , especially on the center and the center – left . His take is very intriguing ..

.. [h/t — IJReview.com]..
.. [link] to the blog column ..

.. they are not enamoured with Bibi . They sure as hell did not vote for him . However , these folks do respect him . He has balls of steel . Conssidering the treatment that Israel gets on the international stge , these folks feel that Bibi is the only major Israeli leader that can stand up to these people . …

.. their opinion of His Lordship [Obama] is far worse . They like him political , which is obvious . However , they do not respect him , not one bit . They do not feel that POTUS cares not one whit for Israel , and may actually hate Israel , and with a deep passion . One in which the future security and existence of the Jewish state is in question …

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… Hezbollah has a Death Wish [Syrian Chemical Arms] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. you think that someone in Hezbollah ‘ s high command would be doing some serious thinking about this . If this blogger knows about this story , and the Washington Free Beacon , Al Wahat , and the Jerusalem Post know about the story …

Opposition: Some chemical arms smuggled onto Russian warships.

[the Jerusalem Post // Yaara Shalom]

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces are smuggling chemical weapons to Hezbollah hidden in trucks carrying vegetables in order to escape international chemical inspection, Syrian opposition member Dr. Kamal Labwani told Saudi newspaper Al Watan on Monday.

The chemical arms are set to be stored in Hezbollah-controlled mountain areas of Lebanon, where it will be difficult to find and monitor them.

Syria has also been able to smuggle the bulk of its chemical arsenal to Russian warships stationed off the coast of Syria, Labwani said.

On Sunday, Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into Iraq, but Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles.

The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that the Assad regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault.

Al-Mustaqbal, a publication that has long been affiliated with anti-Syrian political elements in Lebanon, reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to the paper.

Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that Israel is able to track attempts made by the Assad regime to transfer its chemical weapons to others.

“Israel has good capabilities, and has drawn a red line over the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah,” Steinitz told Army Radio.

[-] that the Syrians would be playing “footsie” with the Russians is no big surprise . The Russians are the longtime arms supplier to Syria . Big Shock . [-] Considering the weakness in US humint (human intelligence) , I wonder highly (unless the Israelis have told them) that the C.I.A. knows that the Russians have been storing the chem weapons on ships .
[-] If they are doing so to deactivate them , and take them away , that is a bird of a different feather . Let them . Trust Me ,
[-]the Mossad will know if the Syrian Government (Assad and his cronies) or anyone else has ahold of those weapons . They will keep quiet about what they know until there is a need for folks to know , them …. BOOM !!!!
[-] since the Mossad knows , Hezbollah has to realize that Israel will not tolerate them having these arms . Israel will target them , know exactly where , or approximately where they are , target them , and destroy them …
[-] .. Israel will have to make a determination , that they will go after these weapons — They have to , because they cannot tolerate the threat to their population from terrorists having even a small amount of these weapons . Syria ‘ s stocks are so large (@ around 1,000 tons , or 2 million pounds) that a small share of this is a significant amount , and any part of it ending up with Hezbollah is intolerable .

[-] .. Israel also must understand that if they do , it is possible that Hezbollah (and Iran) may use this as an excuse to “kick off” against them . They may not  want it , but Iran knows that either an American strategic strike or an Israeli one is coming . They may decide to take the initiative away from Israel and America , and act first , and blame Israel .

[-] God help them both  , if they do . Israel would then have no compunction against using  any and every weapon in its strategic arsenal in retaliation against either Hezbollah and /  or Iran . Significant parts of Lebanon will be reduced to a smoking ruin , while so will Syria (who just might be stupid enough to try to take advantage) . I  doubt Syria would be that dumb , because they would know that a retaliatory strike against Syria by Israel would be “playing for keeps.”  Assad and the Alawites would be “dead men walking.

[-]… the same for Nasrallah and his leadership . I strongly suspect that Israel knows exactly where to get at them ,  when they really need to do so . When the go order is  given , they are dead , as are their “toys.”

[-] … a strategic strike against Iran , especially if it is done in retaliation for an attack on Israel , would likely start as a conventional attack , at least at first . It would likely not stay that way . Israel ‘  s strategic doctrine is similar to that of the United States , but with a quicker hair trigger . [N=B=C] , or [Nuclear=Biological=Chemical] . If Iran or its stoolies uses chem weapons first , then there is no one on the planet , including POTUS or anyone else who will stop the Prime Minister of Israel from a strategic response , except for his or her own conscience , and that of the Israeli people …

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… Israel Steps Up , While POTUS Wimps Out …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 6th,2013

.. Well , the news has gotten out . And how . With a bang .

.. To be sure , Binyamin Netanyahu does not mess around . Other parties , especially Israel ‘ s enemies , would be sure to understand that . to wit , Israeli forces have carried out an airstrike against a shipment of sophisticated missiles bound for the Lebanese political and military organization Hezbollah, officials in Washington , Lebanon and Israel told reporters Saturday … Lebanese authorities and

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residents had already reported unusually intense Israeli overflights during the previous 48 hours , suggesting the warplanes may have struck their target from Lebanese airspace.” Israeli planes struck again on Sunday outside Damascus.

.. Big shock . Not that Lebanon or Hizbullah can do anything about it . If they were to even try to lock on with their fire – control radar , much less actually try to make use of it , Israel will cut loose with the fullest measure of its retaliatory capability . Any country surrounding Israel knows this . Turkey knows this . Does Iran understand this ? Oh , does the Obama Administration ?

.. So much for the suggestion by critics of stronger U.S. action that Syria’s anti – aircraft system is formidable . It seems someone in the Israeli government took a not –  too – subtle swipe at the Obama administration ’ s equivocating on Bashar al – Assad’s use of chemical weapons  . “Israeli officials described the  missiles targeted in the Friday strike as ‘game-changing’ weapons, according to the Associated Press. They said they were not chemical weapons, but advanced, long-range , ground-to-ground missiles . ”

.. Translation : When Israel draws a red line, it means it . When the ObamaCraps draw a red line , they do not mean it .   .. Not only does the Israeli action contrast with the U.S. government’s wusieness , but it also raises the issue of whether anyone would prefer that Israel police the Middle East .

.. It is unbecoming of a superpower to stand by , and allow little Israel take on the Iranian surrogates. It will likely unnerve our allies elsewhere . It will also embolden foes in other parts of the world.

.. Many nations in the world do not like an assertive United States . It makes them nervous . It makes the U.S. somewhat unpredictable . However , it is better to be feared , than to be weak . The only thing that the nations of the world hate more is a U.S. administration that is weak .

.. These days , Assad and his senior partners in Tehran should feel rather confident . The United States is obviously unwilling to back up

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… the first wus …

its rhetoric with action . Syria is likely a dress rehearsal  for the bigger conflict between Iran and the West . There , too , one suspects , Israel will be forced to act , sooner or later .

.. For what Israeli prime minister could rely on this administration to act? If Obama wil not take on Syria, there is little chance he’ll make good on his threats to Iran.

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